After a long wait, Kyrie Irving was finally formally introduced as a member of the Boston Celtics. But instead of diving right into matters concerning himself, Irving began his introductory press conference with some kind words for former Celtic Jae Crowder, who lost his mother right around the time of the trade involving him and Irving was first announced.

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Irving knows all too well what Crowder must be going through. Irving lost his mother, Elizabeth, when he was just four years old. It was a very classy move on his part to send his best wishes to Crowder, which isn’t what many would’ve expected at the start of a press conference devoted to him.

Irving may catch grief from some people regarding his decision to leave Cleveland or even his views on the shape of the Earth. But Kyrie’s thoughtful gesture toward Crowder shows that he’s a pretty stand-up guy, and those people who may not like him for something as trivial as choosing to play somewhere else shouldn’t lose sight of that fact.